Writing Support

Graduate students have access to a wide array of services that support all stages of the academic writing and presentation process.

Support for Native Speakers of English

If you are a native speaker of English, please consult one of our graduate peer tutors at The Student Center for Research, Writing, and Information Technology (RWIT).

At RWIT, graduate peer tutors can help you develop more effective strategies for generating and organizing your ideas, finding and evaluating research sources, and presenting and revising compositions in a variety of media. The graduate tutors are available to assist graduate students of any discipline with the academic communication process. 

Support for Non-Native Speakers of English/International Students

Non-native English speakers and/or international students may face unique challenges in the writing process and in preparation of academic papers and presentations. Betsy Tremmell has extensive experience working with non-native speakers of English and is available as a resource for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who identify as international/non-native English speakers.

Betsy earned her M.A. in TESOL/Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University and her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition at UW-Madison, and has taught academic writing to non-native English speakers in academia for the past 12 years. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with international graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at Dartmouth, and is available to work one-on-one with students on any type of text, whether written or oral.

To set up an appointment, please email Betsy directly. Describe the nature of your project, the kind of support you need, and your availability for a meeting. You can also look for Betsy's name on the RWIT Online scheduler.




Books for the Struggling Dissertation Writer

  • Bolker, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis (1998) (For great tips on time management and overcoming writer’s block)
  • Feak, Christine, Swales, John M. Academic Writing for Graduate School: Essential Tasks and Skills (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes, 2012) (Provides great input on style and grammar, and offers some good writing exercises)
  • Glasman-Deal, Hilary. Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers ofEnglish (2010) (A must-read for any international graduate student in the sciences)
  • Hacker, Diana, Marcy Carbajal Van Horn, and Nancy I. Sommers. A Writer's Reference with Resources for Multilingual Writers and ESL (2011) (Great chapter on ESL grammar issues – indispensable for editing your documents)
  • Williams, Joseph M., and Joseph Bizup. Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace (2015) (Great general handbook on good writing any type of text)

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see your subject librarian for any questions surrounding your research, proper citation, and your discipline’s writing conventions.